Pruning

140057610Pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature. Trees grown and pruned in a nursery are usually pruned for easy handling and shipping. These trees should receive structural pruning within three years of planting.

Reasons to prune trees are to remove crowded, rubbing, weak, dead, hazardous, diseased or storm damaged branches. Trees are also pruned to reduce height, remove obstructing branches and to create shape and design to the trees, shrubs and landscape.

Fruit tree pruning is essential for fruit production. Proper pruning increases fruit size, quality and helps you to manage pests and diseases that may affect your fruit trees.

Shrub pruning is done to promote plant health, improve form and maintain plants for foliage, fruit or flower production. Shrub pruning depends on shrub type and a pruning schedule should be developed for the type of shrubs.